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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

Please feel free to follow along....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our Mexican Meal

Last week, I told you to check in at the end of this week to see if we made a Mexican dish. Normally, my husband isn't a big fan of Mexican foods, due to the spices. However, we do eat mildly seasoned tacos and chicken fajitas on occasion. So, that's what we had.....

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Trip to Mexico and Beyond

This week, the kids received their "passports" and we all took a pretend trip to Mexico. While there, we watched a Mexican hat dance (on You Tube), learned some Spanish words, and made Mexican suns with Model Magic clay.


We also learned about desert lands and talked about how certain animals survive in the drastic temperature changes (hot in the day, cold at night). To experiment with this, made our own turtles and put them out in the sun and in the shade, along with a thermometer, to note the difference in temperatures. We also put two bowls of ice cubes outside - one in the sun and one in the shade. The kids learned that the sun will melt ice cubes faster than the shade.


As we continue to learn about North America and the names of the countries, we also played a geography game this week. Even Mom is learning with this game, as geography was never my strong point. It's fun to be learning along with the kids.   


On Thursday afternoon, we took a field trip to the local Veterinarian clinic. This didn't have anything to do with Mexico, but was still a neat learning experience.  


On Friday afternoon, we had our Homeschool Library Day and learned more about the Spanish language, as well as some German and American Sign Language.

Next week, we continue with our travels in North America; and, if I can find a recipe my husband will eat, we may be making a Mexican dish of some sort. Check in next week to find out!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Just the Basics

Nothing really exciting happened this week in our school work. We didn’t really do any fun art projects or go on a field trip, because this week was.... well, let's just say it was a challenging week over all. So, we mostly just got the basics done - but that’s okay. Some weeks are like that.
One thing I would like to mention, however, is that we started going through the Gospel of Matthew this week and, in order to help the kids visualize what might have happened during those times, we watched The Visual Bible, found here on You Tube:

The Visual Bible - Gospel of Matthew

Oh... and we also played in GOO this week... LOL!



NOTE: Goo is made with cornstarch, water, and food coloring. Its a fun time of sensory play, especially for your hands-on learners. 
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